I sent the following message to TTC Extra, the name of the show that broadcast this program via PBS. TTContrary@yahoo.com
I viewed a video of your October 20, 2006 production on "Mail Order Brides" with hostess Bonnie Erbe.
I was shocked at the blatant sexist, misandrist, racist, xenophobic and ethnocentric attitudes displayed by Ms. Erbe and the guests.
Ms. Erbe begins the show by stating that violence in international marriages is up significantly. The first guest to speak says she is not surprised that there is a spike in violence. Ms. Erbe and others suggest that anectodal evidence shows this problem is out of control.
And then, Ms. Erbe states that SHE HASN'T SEEN ANY STATISTICS ON VIOLENCE IN SUCH RELATIONSHIPS. Of course, I do not believe this is true. I believe that Ms. Erbe knows well that statistics, including statistics gathered by the INS, show that violence in such relationships is LOWER than violence in relationships between American men and American women.
Other guests stated that such women are subservient, have less education and no career prospects. There are no statistics showing any of this and in any event these statements are highly disparaging to the foreign women. But from the tenor and tone of the conversation it is clear that Ms. Erbe and your female guests INTEND to disparage these foreign women as the women on your show believe that such foreign women are inferior to American women.
In what is one of the worst examples of a smear, one woman guest implies that meeting a woman on the internet who happens to be from another country may be linked to sex trafficking.
I noted that your To the Contrary series is intended to be about women's issues. Who would ever have thought that a television production in 2006 hosted by women who consider themselves enlightened would be filled with false facts, innuendo and smears based on race and gender due to complete and utter ignorance.
You should visit our website to educate yourselves. It is online-dating-rights.org. Then, you should invite two of our men to debate two of your women on this issue. It would be a great experience for your viewers, but you will never do it because the truth about this issue and about the law is simply unacceptable for your management.
Tristan Laurent (more below)
Then, I sent a copy of the email to the following organizations that were listed as program sponsors. These are all foundations that are surely strong supporters of women's issues. It is likely that they are blind to the blatant hatred espoused on their sponsored shows and might be able to see a dull light after hearing from us. I encourage all of you to write to TTC or any of these sponsors.
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation (cant find address)
Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation
Peter J. Sharp Foundation
Wallace Genetic Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation (had to write snailmail letter)
Henry H. Kessler Foundation